The Dolphin Whistle

November 15, 2017, Issue 14

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

You are receiving your child's report card on Friday, November 17th. It will be in an envelope in the backpack. Please sign the envelope indicating that you have received the report card and return the envelope by Tues. Nov. 21st. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grades, as always, please arrange to talk with the teacher so the teacher can give you more details. If you need interpretation, please let us know in the office and we will gladly help you.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Calendar of Upcoming Events

11/15 Wednesday - Field Trip: Deer Hollow Farm 8:40am - 12:45pm RM's 10 & 14

11/15 Wednesday - PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm -7:30pm MUR

11/15 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival Postponed til March

11/16 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

11/16 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

11/17 Friday - Field Trip: California Museum & Capital Building 7:00am - 6:00pm
RM's 12 & 16

11/18 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/22 thru 11/24 NO SCHOOL/ Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28 Tuesday - District Enrollment Priorities Task Force (EPTF) 6:30pm-8:00pm

Stevenson Elementary

11/29 Wednesday - Field Trip: Children's Discovery Museum 8:50am - 12:55pm

RM's 112 & 113

11/29 Wednesday - District Kinder Night 5:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

11/30 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

12/1 Friday - PTA Christmas Party 3:00pm - 7:00pm Staff Lounge

12/2 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

12/6 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

12/6 Wednesday - Castro Kinder Night 6:00pm - 7:00pm MUR

12/7 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30am Staff Lounge

12/7 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

12/9 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

December 18-31 NO SCHOOL/ Happy Holidays!


PTA Association Meeting tonight 6:30pm

Tonight is the second PTA Association Meeting of the school year. Please come at 6:30 pm. The meeting will now be held in the Staff Lounge. There will be snacks, childcare, and interpretation in Spanish. The meeting will last one hour or less. Please plan to attend, to stay informed about your child’s school opportunities.


We want to hear from you! Just two days left to take the District climate survey

The MVWSD Climate Survey is open now through Friday for all staff, parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools. If you haven't taken the survey already, look for an email invitation in your inbox on Wednesday morning from "MVWSD." The subject line is: "We need to hear from you!" (Check your spam folder, too).

This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Your personal results will not be identifiable.
In addition to completing LCAP requirements, the data will help inform work on the District's strategic plan goals and provide longitudinal data for year-to year comparisons. The questions are drawn from an archive of research-based questions in broad theme areas of engagement, instruction, school safety and school environment. We will be asking students, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites. This is a great opportunity for us to get feedback and continue to work together to improve our schools.

We look forward to seeing the results and working with the leadership of our bargaining units and staff to look for ways we can continue to improve. Thank you in advance for your input.

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

Help us Raise Funds With the Movie Wonder

We have a unique opportunity to raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour—as Lionsgate and the movie WONDER are donating $1.00 per movie ticket to our cause. Please help us by spreading the word to see the film opening weekend (Nov 17-19). Tickets are on sale now! For sales to count: Get tickets at Select Graham Middle School Performing Arts—and you will checkout via Fandango. Thank you!